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Self-directed learning: a toolkit for practitioners in a changing higher education context

Smith, CR (2016) Self-directed learning: a toolkit for practitioners in a changing higher education context. Innovations in Practice, 10 (1). pp. 15-26. ISSN 1757-921X

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Although self-directed learning (SDL) first emerged as a pedagogic model over forty years ago, recently it has been all but mandated as a fundamental principle of higher education. This paper examines recent literature from the Quality Assurance Agency and Higher Education Academy, published research and research projects by the author. These sources inform discussion about implications for teachers of SDL in contemporary practice, with particular reference to changes in the student profile in higher education: where might it be most appropriate, how might it be facilitated, and what cautions might need to be exercised? The paper concludes with a basic toolkit of principles and ideas for practitioners who may be interested in implementing SDL in their own teaching.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-directed learning; Autonomous learning; Widening participation; Student engagement; Learning gain
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: LJMU
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 11:15
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:52
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3694
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